Mexico City, 8-13 January
three successful conferences between 1997 and 2002, the Fourth
International Conference of Critical Geography will be held in Mexico
City, Mexico, 8-13 January 2005. The aim of the conference is to
stimulate debate among critical geographers from around the
world and to promote the development of critical geography.
There will be time
allocated for discussion and debate by reducing the duration for
formal paper presentations. In addition, following much debate
during the Bekescsaba Conference of 2002, there will be more support
for speakers and listeners whose native languages are not those
officially chosen for the conference. To meet these requests we have
developed a new format for the Fourth Conference.
The conference will
feature the following nine themes:
Poverty and migration
Natures and environment
Geopolitics and geopolitical
economy. State, power and the reorganisation of national
Gender and spaces of
Political economies of
development: regional problems and international economies
Urban and rural issues
History of geographical
practice and thought
Socialist geographies and the
geography of socialisms: what role is left for
We may include more themes at the suggestion of participants. Each
theme will involve one or two convenors. Most sessions
will be panel debates, roundtable discussions, workshops and other
participatory activities. If written papers are presented
they should be short (no more than four-five pages), written in plain,
clear Spanish, English, or French, and circulated in advance.
Formal spoken presentations will be limited to 5-10 minutes.
Papers focusing on isolated case studies will not be accepted in the
conference so as to favour the development of a wider analysis of
subjects relevant to the above themes. At the same time, other forms
of participation, such as photo exhibits emphasising critical topics,
will be given opportunity for presentation. It will also be
possible to table a paper (that is, to present a paper in written form
only, without a spoken presentation). The organisers will
provide written confirmation of participation, if required. The
official conference languages will be Spanish, English, and French.
Presenters are expected to speak slowly and clearly, since not
everyone will have fluency in those languages. Efforts to
present papers in Spanish will be highly appreciated. For some
of the main panels and events, depending on available funds,
simultaneous translations will be provided in order to solve the
language problems that have frustrated some participants in the past.
We beseech all multilingual participants to volunteer in the task of
translating, especially if they are fluent in Chinese, Japanese,
Deadline for submitting abstracts
Final date for
submission of an 'abstract' (or description of your intended
participation) is the 10th of May, 2004. A separate
deadline will be subsequently announced regarding the submission of
final paper versions. 2nd call will include mails of theme
coordinators in order to send them the abstracts. The 2nd call for
papers will be issued by the end of March 2004.
Conference information and fees
for the conference will occur on Saturday evening, the 8th of
January 2005. A field trip will be conducted to the shantytowns
near Mexico City on the 9th of January. The conference
will open with a Welcoming Reception and Keynote Address on the
evening of Sunday, the 9th of January 2005 and will close after dinner
on Thursday, the 13th of January 2005. There will also be
other opportunities to participate in field trips during the week of
the conference. Field trips and special translation apparatus
will incur additional fees beyond the registration fee.
Conference venue and accommodations
The conference is
hosted by Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco and
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Downtown Mexico City.
Residential accommodation will be provided at nearby hotels and youth
hostels. Meals and coffee breaks will be included as part of
registration costs, except breakfast. Due to the high demand for
lodging generated by tourism, it is imperative that participants
indicate their preference for a youth hostel accommodation no later
than the 10th of May, 2004. Otherwise the
organisers will not be able to guarantee the provision of hostel
lodging for those participants.
Those preferring hotel option will be expected to reserve rooms on
their own, with a registration fee reduction negotiated in advance.
The organisers will only help in obtaining special rates for the
conference participants, but each of them will have to make their own
For More Information and
Lawrence D. Berg,
Canada Research Chair in Human
Rights, Diversity and Identity
Okanagan University College,
7000 College Way, Vernon, B.C.,
Canada, V1B 2N5
Voice: +1 250 545-7291 ext.
2264; Fax: +1 250 545-3277
Editor: The Canadian
Geographer/Le G้ographe canadien
Co-Editor: ACME: An
International E-Journal for Critical Geographies